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Wear and tear on hind stump
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4 August 2020 - 8:02 pm
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Mouse is 4 months old, we found her just days after birth hanging by her back foot from ceiling insulation in the garage. Her litter mates had died and her poor mom was frantic. 
We rushed her to the vet, he said the bottom half of her leg had to be amputated, there was already a gangrene situation starting. 

She recovered well and learned to walk and even jump a bit. However in the last week we have noticed seeping from the healed skin, it looks like she has worn it on the carpet and vinyl floor.  Is there anyone who knows a way to cover or protect this area?  We don’t want her to get infected. 

Thank you in advance!

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Ohhhhh my gosh! What a story, that just broke my heart and I am sooooo glad you found her in time! Mouse is one very fortunate kitty.

So it sounds to me like she has a long stump left? I’m so glad you posted and you’re super smart to stay on top of this. Unfortunately, sometimes a stump won’t heal right, the skin is so thin there, that any kind of bumping and abrasive actions on carpet and such will cause persistent wounds. This happens a lot in dogs too. And while a few people have done DIY stump covers for dogs (none that we know are successful for long-term use), as far as we know there is no way to cover a stump on a cat successfully, even for the short term. You can try wrapping a baby sock and vet wrap around the leg, but this is a short-term solution at best.

Hate to say it, but I would let your vet take a look at this issue to see if there’s a way to re-close the incision and put more padding there. If not, she may need a full amputation.  Please keep us posted OK?

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4 August 2020 - 10:02 pm
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Thank you for rescuing Mouse! The resiliency of kittens amaze me.

We’ve had two other kitten tripawds cats join us in the past week. Here are their forum posts:

Lucky is missing a paw: https://tripawd…..-1-2-legs/

Mango lives in Lebanon and had a full rear leg amputation and it looks like some damage to the remaining rear leg: https://tripawd…..gos-story/

When the cats have a full amputation they do not have problems with the site healing fully. 

I hope the vet can help Mouse.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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Kerren thank you for sharing Lucky and Mango’s stories!

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